Why capitalism loves plastic

The film 'Plastic Ocean' screened by SH showed starkly the madness of using an indestructible material for throw-away products. The destructive impact of the mass production of plastic on marine, animal, bird life and human life is now dawning on us. But how can capitalism be stopped from churning out ever more?

In this article Why capitalism loves plastic from October's Socialist Review, Amy Leather looks at how plastic developed as a by-product of fossil fuel processing, and has been promoted by the petrochemical industry ever since.

The photo above comes from an exhibition of photgraphs by Edward Burtynsky, Human Signature showing at the Flowers Gallery in Cork Street, London W1. It is one of many shockingly beautiful photos that evidence the Anthopocene.

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